The 60-Second Giant Pom Pom

The One Minute Giant Pom Pom Technique

We’re huge fans of pom-poms, so we’re thrilled to share this tech­nique for mak­ing giant pom-poms in 60 sec­onds flat. Red Heart sent us four huge boxes of yarn to exper­i­ment with and we came up with the quick­est way to make a pom pom, ever.

No more templates–just three basic sup­plies and your mak­ing pom-pom history.

Red Heart Yarn

We’re cov­er­ing every­thing with these quick & easy pom-poms this hol­i­day sea­son (watch the blog for more Red Heart projects). Sweaters, shoes, gifts… we’re even going to make a pom-pom gar­land for the front door. Have fun mas­ter­ing this super fun tech­nique and let us know what you make with your pom-poms!

The One Minute Giant Pom Pom Technique

Mate­ri­als

One Minute Giant Pom Pom Technique

Step 1: Tie
Remove the paper wrap­ping from yarn. Using the nylon thread, cut off a long piece and tie around the cen­ter of the yarn.

One Minute Giant Pom Pom Technique

Step 2: Repeat
Flip the yarn over to the oppo­site side and tie the nylon thread around the ball again, this time mak­ing sure to make the tie as tight as you can.

Once you’ve made the nylon thread nice and tight, go ahead and make a cou­ple of strong knots. Cut your thread ends short. Now you’re ready to start cut­ting into your pom pom!

One Minute Giant Pom Pom Technique

Step 3: Cut
Start by mak­ing your ini­tial cut as shown, align­ing your scis­sors to cut roughly one-third through the thick­ness of the ball.

One Minute Giant Pom Pom Technique

Step 4: Pull
Once you’ve cut into the yarn, lightly run your fin­gers through the yarn and allow the loose threads to fall sep­a­rate from the rest of the yarn. Be care­ful not to pull too hard on the yarn that is still attached to the rest of the ball.

One Minute Giant Pom Pom Technique

Step 5: Cut
As the yarn starts to fall loose, you’ll notice some loops towards the inside of the ball. Using your scis­sors, cut those loops in half and fluff these out as well. Repeat this process until you feel like you’ve got­ten most of the thread loops snipped in half.

One Minute Giant Pom Pom Technique

Step 6: Trim
Once you have one half of your ball fluffed out and untan­gled, take your hand and make a tight fist around the short­est part of the loose threads as shown. Evenly trim the excess.

One Minute Giant Pom Pom Technique

Step 7: Repeat
Repeat steps 3 through 6 on the other half of the pom pom.

To shape your pom pom, work from the middle-out. Trim evenly by grab­bing a fist full of yarn and cut­ting to the short­est layer.

NOTE: The yarn should gen­er­ally be longer in the mid­dle of your pom pom, so you’ll want to start by trim­ming those threads first.

Happy craft­ing!